OSSINING, N.Y. – An online rankings site, NeighborhoodScout.com, recently named the village of Ossining the 45th-safest municipality in the nation and among the top 100 safest in the U.S.
Using the FBI’s uniform crime reports, NeighborhoodScout analyzed statistics for Ossining and found that the village has one of the lowest crime rates in the nation for its size.
The statistics showed that violent and property crime combined had an incident rate of 12 per 1,000 residents, lower than 75 percent of America’s communities, according to the listing on the group’s website .
Ossining was the only Westchester municipality named on the list, and one of just three named in New York state.
“One's chance of becoming a victim of crime in Ossining is one in 86,” NeighborhoodScout representatives wrote in the listing. “Compared to communities within New York, Ossining’s crime rate is lower than nearly 65 percent of the state’s cities and towns. It is for these reasons that Ossining is ranked as one of the top 100 safest cities in the U.S.A.”
Village of Ossining Police Chief Joseph Burton said he doesn’t often put much weight into statistics, but he took notice when he heard Ossining ranked 45th in the country.
“I don’t really place a lot in statistics because they’re numbers,” Burton said Thursday. “But I can tell you it’s nice to be recognized for all the work police officers are doing in Ossining.”
Ossining Mayor William Hanauer called the news about the listing “terrific.”
“It’s more proof that this is a wonderful place to live,” Hanauer said. “I think it says a lot about our future.” Village Trustee Bob Daraio agreed, adding that he has always considered Ossining one of the best places in the country.
“I think it’s awesome. We have one of the most livable communities anywhere, and I think we have the best police department in the state,” Daraio said.
“With great schools, wonderful service, the best recreation department around and a top police department, how could we not be one of the safest communities in the country? It makes perfect sense," he said.